What you need to know about Facebook's facial-recognition technology


Face Recognition will be turned off by default, and if you weren't part of the Tag Suggestions trial group, you'll see a notification in your News Feed asking if you want to activate it. The social media giant also added that its "Tag Suggestions" will be discontinued.

For the uninitiated, Facebook's facial recognition setting was previously called tag suggestions because Facebook claimed that it was only used to automatically suggest tags of your friends in photos. The company had said that "if the tag suggestions setting is set to "none", then the default face recognition setting will be set to "off" and will remain so until the user changes it".

If you have already got Face Recognition, you possibly can turn it off by going to your settings, where you could find it nested under "Privacy", and choose "No".

However, users who already had "face recognition" settings won't receive a fresh notice.

The decision to change its settingscomes amid increasing unease about facial recognition technology, which can be used at home, school or rock concerts to identify people.

Face recognition, which was available to some Facebook users since December 2017, notifies an account holder if their profile photo is used by someone else or if they appear in photos where they have not been tagged.

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The changes are now in effect all over the world, and some users with specific settings will start seeing prompts to decide in to face acknowledgment beginning today.

This was not the first time Facebook ever utilized face recognition software.

In addition, features like Photo Review, which lets you know when you appear in photos even if you are not tagged, as long as you have permission to see the post based on its privacy setting, will not be activated.

"We don't share your face recognition information with third parties".

"Long-planned" or not, notifying users about the use of a technology that many of them may not have understood years after the fact seems about right for a company that continuously botches its handling of user data. There's also increasing concern about the use of facial recognition at airports, which critics worry will normalize the technology and socialize people to accept it.

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